Ex-Rangers star left heartbroken after scoring in six-goal Prem thriller
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Ex-Rangers star left heartbroken after scoring in six-goal Prem thriller

Former Rangers star Kyle Bartley got himself on the scoresheet for West Bromwich Albion but was left heartbroken in a six goal Premier League thriller with Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Bartley, now 29, is a key part of the West Bromwich Albion side which earned promotion to the English top tier last season and scored the third goal as the Baggies raced into a 3-0 lead at the Hawthorns within the opening 30 minutes.

Ex-Rangers defender Kyle Bartley knocked in West Brom’s third goal as they raced into a 3-0 lead against Chelsea but was powerless to resist as they clawed back to draw in a six goal thriller. (Photo by Adam Fradgley – AMA/West Bromwich Albion FC via Getty Images)

But the big defender was powerless to resist as a second-half Chelsea onslaught saw Frank Lampard’s side drag themselves back into the match.

Chelsea would eventually equalise courtesy of a Tammy Abraham equaliser in the 93rd minute of the match.

In ordinary circumstances, a draw against Chelsea would have been viewed as a great result by WBA manager Slaven Billic and defender Bartley but not after throwing away a three-goal lead.

Bartley is fondly remembered by the Gers faithful as a tough-tackling no-nonsense centre-half who was always fully committed to the cause.

The big defender spent a season-and-a-half on loan at Ibrox from Arsenal between January 2011 and the summer of 2012.

The defender played a key role in securing the £170m jackpot of Premier League football for West Brom and spoke back in July at his delight at securing their top tier status.

“It’s been an emotional rollercoaster,” Bartley told BBC Radio WM.

“This league has been crazy from start to finish but we’ve managed to get over the line.

“But nothing worth having in life is going to come easy. And the gaffer (Slaven Bilic) coming in has been a breath of fresh air.

Kyle Bartley’s aggressive defensive style earned him plaudits during his time at Rangers but he was still a very raw defensive prospect back then. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

“As a professional footballer, the money is great, the lifestyle is great but the most important thing is to play at the highest level you can, and it means so much to get this club back in the top flight.”

Arsenal Academy graduate Bartley has also played for Sheffield United, Swansea City, Birmingham City and Leeds United in his career.

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